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Video: Firefighters train to fight hybrid, electric car fires

Under new protocol, firefighters will treat every car like it was a hybrid or electric car

KING 5

SEATTLE — Seattle firefighters are getting new training on how to handle hybrid and electric car fires and accidents. Under a new protocol, firefighters will treat every car they come upon as if it was a hybrid or all-electric car.

“We are constantly going to these types of incidents.You want to make sure the firefighters are safe because if they're injured, that's going to take resources away from dealing with emergency at hand,” said department spokesperson Kyle Moore.

Car experts are training Seattle firefighters on every detail of the battery-charged cars. There have been safety concerns and misconceptions, such as whether a firefighter can be electrocuted or if the battery will explode. The answer is no, but there are still hazards. The biggest one is silent engine. Firefighters have no idea if the car is on. Firefighters will now approach the car from the side, shut off the power and then stabilize the wheels with blocks so the car won’t roll.

Full story: Firefighters get training on electric and hybrid car fires, accidents




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